A career with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) offers the chance to enjoy numerous opportunities for personal development, as well as experience an exciting and varied life through a variety of challenging appointments. We speak to 2SG Govind and 3SG Irene, who share with us how they have used their leadership and decision-making skills to add value to the lives of their peers and the men they lead.
By Png Han Yong
Tell us about your interest in defending the nation, and how it came about – was there a particular incident or observation that sparked this interest?
2SG Govind: I first developed an interest in defending the nation while being part of the National Cadet Corps back in secondary school. I also enjoyed how my friends and I were able to bond through the various trainings, and decided to take up the challenge of pursuing a military career upon graduation.
3SG Irene: My interest in defending the nation came about when I attended a dialogue session where senior commanders shared their overseas deployment experiences with me. Through their personal experiences, I realised how a military career would enable me to protect the nation and my loved ones, and at the same time expose me to a myriad of opportunities and unique experiences. With that in mind, I took up the JPSDS (Joint Polytechnic SAF Diploma Scheme) and have never looked back since. (Read More Here!)
At the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), graduates will experience a dynamic and stimulating environment with plenty of exposure to exciting local and international opportunities. Two MTI officers share their experiences in helping to shape Singapore’s economic landscape.
By Gerald Goh
As a tiny red dot on the global map, Singapore requires sustained and inclusive economic growth for the creation of quality jobs and to support a high standard of living for all Singaporeans. MTI officers continually strive to ensure that Singapore remains a city of economic opportunities by working extensively with local government organisations and MTI’s overseas counterparts. (Read More Here!)
With 16 Ministries and more than 50 Statutory Boards, the Singapore Public Service promises a career rich with opportunities and growth. Meet Nazir and Dennis, two of the 136,000 public officers who work tirelessly to shape and serve our nation.
By Julailah Wahid
Despite his shy and unassuming demeanour, Dennis Liu harbours a patriotic spirit.
The 24-year-old, who graduated from Republic Polytechnic with a Diploma in Integrated Events Management, is currently an International Relations Officer at the Ministry of Transport (MOT).
“What drives me as a public officer is the sense of fulfilment I derive from contributing to the growth and success of Singapore,” quips Dennis. (Read More Here!)
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) continues to pursue its mission of developing a productive workforce and progressive workplaces, and one MOM Manager’s aim is to help Singaporeans like you and I achieve the delicate act of work-life harmony.
By Edmund Wang
In her four years studying at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a Psychology student, Heng Shiru was unsure of her true calling. But one thing was remarkably clear to her: her future occupation would see her working to better the lives of Singaporeans.
And when considering a future career in the Civil Service, the cheerful and gregarious 25-year-old looked no further than MOM. Shiru believes the organisation’s ideals and the nature of its work to be compatible with her personality, and she decided to commit herself to MOM’s mission of helping Singaporeans attain better jobs and eventually, a healthy, secure retirement. (Read More Here!)
Singapore’s reputation as a food haven is testament to the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) efforts in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the nation’s eateries. One NEA officer gives us further insight into the saying, “We are what we eat.”
By Gerald Goh
NEA works closely with the community to safeguard, nurture and cherish the environment, ensuring that all Singaporeans can enjoy a clean and hygienic environment to live, work and play in.
Naturally, this adage also extends to Singapore’s hawker centres, which are a unique aspect of Singaporean culture and bring together the best in local cuisine and atmosphere under enjoyable open-air settings. NEA currently manages 107 markets and hawker centres in Singapore, and it takes care of tenancies, licences and public health aspects of hawker centres.
Environmental Health Officer (Operations) Muhammad Afiq Bin Sab'adi, 26, tells us more about how he helps ensure Singaporeans can enjoy their scrumptious fare in clean, modern settings. (Read More Here!)
The joys of teaching can never be fully measured. Two Humanities teachers share with us their experiences in shaping the lives of the students who come their way. As one of our teachers puts it, “the rewards of teaching may be small and intangible but they are definitely memorable and indispensable.”
By Gerald Goh
As a teacher, every day presents a new set of possibilities and challenges. Yet, for 27-year-old History teacher, Justin Lee and 27-year old Geography teacher, Veron Kho work is more than just work. Beyond the teaching of lessons and marking of scripts , our two young teachers see their job as a means to an end of making a difference in their students’ lives. (Read More Here!)
Question: I’m aware that questions about race and religion are illegal at job interviews. What are some other inappropriate or illegal questions that I should look out for?
Answer: Despite efforts emphasised by our own Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices, some “illegal” questions are still being sneaked into many job interviews. A seemingly innocuous “Tell us more about yourself,” for instance, can lead to interviewees volunteering information that is otherwise illegal to acquire directly, such as their age, race, marital status and sexual orientation. However, since most people really do want the job, odds are that they would avoid saying anything that might jeopardise their chances of getting the job. As such, many interviewers get away with hovering along the lines of asking “illegal” questions, thereby perpetuating the practice of “illegal” interview questions. (Read More Here!)
You always hear that you shouldn’t lie on your résumé or inflate your salary during job negotiations. Even if you get hired, there’s always the chance that one day you’ll get caught in the lie and lose your job.
Although you’re not lying to anyone, you could still be making subtle mistakes that are actually sabotaging your career. If you feel like you’re in a rut or not advancing as quickly as you think you should be, you might be one of those workers.
So how do you know if you’re making a costly career error? Experts weigh in on some of the common mistakes you might be making and ways you can turn things around today.
A great boss can inspire and motivate you. A great boss can shape your career and the type of manager you become. A great boss can also teach you valuable career and life lessons. We asked workers to share stories about the best bosses they’ve ever had and what they learned from those leaders that still influences them today. (Read More Here!)